Madness Of King George

Madness Of King George

Director: Nicholas Hytner Cast: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm

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Overview

Madness Of King George

Based on Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Madness of George III, The Madness of King George takes a dark-humored look at the mental decline of King George III of England. The film's story begins nearly three decades into George's reign, in 1788, as the unstable king (Nigel Hawthorne, reprising his stage role) begins to show signs of increasing dementia, from violent fits of foul language to bouts of forgetfulness. This weakness seems like the perfect chance to overthrow the unpopular George, whom many blamed for the loss of the American colonies, in favor of the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett), but the king's prime minister William Pitt (Julian Wadham) and his wife Queen Charlotte (Helen Mirren) are determined to protect the throne. Doctors are brought in, but the archaic treatments of the time prove of little value. In desperation, they turn to Dr. Willis (Ian Holm), a harsh, unconventional specialist whose unusual methods recall modern psychiatry. Willis struggles to break through to the mad king, treating him with an anger and haughtiness George has never before experienced. Stressing the absurdity of the entire situation, Bennett's witty screenplay emphasizes dry humor over tragedy, even utilizing references to King Lear for comic effect. Hawthorne's fiery yet vulnerable performance received much critical praise, including Best Actor at the British Academy Awards and a nomination for the same at the Oscars.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2017
UPC: 0887090138413
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG-13
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 18,875

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nigel Hawthorne George III
Helen Mirren Queen Charlotte
Ian Holm Dr. Willis
Rupert Everett Prince of Wales
Rupert Graves Greville
Amanda Donohoe Lady Pembroke
John Wood Thurlow
Julian Rhind-Tutt Duke of York
Julian Wadham Pitt
Jim Carter Fox
Geoffrey Palmer Warren
Anthony Calf Fitzroy
Jeremy Child Black Rod
Nicholas Selby Speaker
Barry Stanton Sheridan
Struan Rodger Dundas
Janine Duvitski Margaret Nicholson
Roger Hammond Baker
Cyril Shaps Pepys
Selina Cadell Mrs Cordwell
Peter Woodthorpe Clergyman
Robert Swann 1st MP
Alan Bennett 2nd MP
Roger Ashton-Griffiths MP
David Leon Footman
Joanna Hall Royal Child
Russell Martin Royal Child

Technical Credits
Nicholas Hytner Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
Tariq Anwar Editor
Alan Bennett Screenwriter
Mark Cooper Producer
David Crozier Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Stephen Evans Producer
John Fenner Art Director
George Fenton Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Celestia Fox Casting
David Parfitt Producer
Carolyn Scott Set Decoration/Design
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Mark Thompson Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Madness of King George
1. Chapter 1 [14:05]
2. Chapter 2 [15:05]
3. Chapter 3 [17:22]
4. Chapter 4 [12:44]
5. Chapter 5 [2:20]
6. Chapter 6 [15:39]
7. Chapter 7 [13:32]
8. Chapter 8 [12:47]
9. Chapter 9 [6:43]

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